Medic tests positive for disease in Worthing Hospital A&E as coronavirus named as Covid-19

The unnamed staff member works at Worthing Hospital in West Sussex.

An A&E worker is among the eight people who have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, it has emerged. The unnamed staff member works at Worthing Hospital in West Sussex, the Department of Health said.

The hospital continues to operate as normal, a spokeswoman for the department said. It comes after three medical centres were closed in Brighton for precautionary deep cleaning. As of Tuesday evening, a total of 1,358 people have been tested for coronavirus in the UK, of which eight were confirmed positive.

It has a name!

The World Health Organization says the official name for the disease caused by the new coronavirus is Covid-19. “We now have a name for the disease and it’s Covid-19,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva.

It comes after the death toll from the virus passed 1,000. Tens of thousands of people have been infected. Dr. Ghebreyesus called on the world to fight the new virus as aggressively as possible. Scientists from around the world are meeting in Geneva to discuss ways to combat the outbreak.


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